Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A break

Yesterday involved too much adulting and later in the evening I needed to do something to break away from it. I'm still working on figuring out the bills but I've made a dent in them and the biggest one (the mortgage) was taken care of yesterday. Of course my checking account is now feeling quite depleted but nothing you can do about that right now. I finally got my lawn mowed and I thought I was going to keel over when I was done because I mowed start to finish without stopping. I used the push mower because even though Wade kept telling me I needed to learn to use the rider in case something ever happened to him, I always said I would rather push. Tell me, just what was I thinking there?

So before I go in to what I did to relax from all the adulting I want to take a minute to thank all of you for your kindness. I'm deeply touched by the comments, emails, cards and phone numbers. If I don't call you please don't think I don't appreciate it, I do, I think I just wouldn't know what to say. Oh and did I mention that sweet Grace even sent me a virtual lasagna. The blogging community is simply wonderful and I feel deeply blessed to know all of you.

So on to something else. I played with a cell phone picture that I took on my walk through the park. This is what came off the phone. For some reason the pinecone and stick laying there like that caught my eye and I snapped.

I tweaked and toned and adjusted and then it looked like this.

Still needed more anti-adulting therapy so then it ended up like this.

After that I figured it was time to throw a post together to schedule for today and here it is.


  1. I'm glad you made it through. Sorry the mowing is tough. Perhaps you have a neighbor or friend that can teach you the ropes on your rider mower? Just one day at a time, my friend. Give yourself time. You'll get through this.

    1. The problem with the mowing is that I'm not as young as my head tells me I am and I think I can still go full steam ahead. I'll get either my son or my daughters fiance to show me how to run the mower. Or I'm sure I can get either one to just mow for me.

  2. Dear Ann ~ You had a lovely day and your artistic photos are really nice.

    I've always done the mowing, I enjoy it, but I'm not as young as I was when I started and I have to take breaks and make sure to drink plenty of water, also try to get started earlier in the morning. My body starts telling me when to quit and these days I listen. Do get someone to show you how to use the rider, I'm sure you will enjoy it. My property isn't really big enough for that. I use my electric mower, which is so easy to start. I'll be doing that this morning after I've had breakfast and gotten the laundry going.

    Glad you got your bills taken care of also. 'Atta-girl'!!!

    Have a lovely day today, be kind to yourself.

    Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

  3. I am liking this new word, adulting... it fits exactly what you were doing and did not want to do. glad a lot of the adulting is behind you for now and love the last child play edit... that would have caught my eye to, but I think it needs a visit to lunapic… what say ye???

  4. I am glad to hear that you got through yesterday Ann. Also good to hear that you are figuring out the bills...that is a big job. Hopefully the lawn mowing will come in would probably be easier with the riding one. Love the picture and all the edits you did. It is amazing how we can change a picture in to a bazillion different looks, isn't it? Hang in there and my prayers continue for you to get settled in to your new routine.

  5. Sounds like you are beginning to find some therapy JUST for you --which helps to relax you during the trying times. I don't know if you enjoy writing (or journaling) --but that is my therapy. Also--MUSIC.... Of course, like you, I love to get out in nature and take pictures...

    Hang in there.... Lots of changes for you --and it will take awhile.. As my son, Mark, would tell you --you will have good days and then a bad one will slap you in the face.


  6. Unexpected adjustments in life... I don't like them... don't like them at all. My love to ya honey~ Andrea xoxo

  7. I always enjoyed a push mower but I stopped doing that in my teens, which was the last time I was responsible for yard work! When we rented the house with the nice yard I was already over-the-hill and we paid a nice old man $10 to mow!

    The second photo is fab - looking at the original I just knew you were going to do something to prettify it!

    Were I closer that lasagna would have been 'real' but there is a real giftie in the mail today (I love tracking info!)

    A little adulting goes a long way!

  8. Happy to hear that you took care of some important things. I'm sure it felt good to have those things behind you.

  9. If I were to have a riding lawn mower, I'm pretty sure I'd head to some lost horizon and figure it's better than pushing any ol' day. But once I ran out of gas I'd realize I'd have to WALK back. And STILL have a lawn to mow!

  10. Adulting is not always easy. I prefer not to adult most just do what you need to do to heal.

  11. I've thought of you a millions times this past week. I know you'll figure things out. You're smart that way.

    If you need anything you know how to reach out to me. I'm here.

    Have a fabulous day and know that you are loved. Big hugs to you and tons of scritches to Gibbs. ♥♥♥

  12. I hate to adult...hate makes me responsible and I'm tired of responsibility, that's why I retired...but it didn't work. Adulting is constant. I wish I had something wonderful to say that would help you sweet friend. My across the street neighbor lost her hubby Wednesday as well...She's a ghost. I saw her yesterday and she grabbed my hand saying, "Im just so tired of all the people!"..."I just need some quiet time..."
    SO...if this helps good...find a place for just You...a warm and peaceful place...
    Know that you are loved...

  13. are doing it! Taking things one at a time and getting them done. Okay, so maybe it is the hard way at first, but you will figure it out. If you can't get one of the kids to show you how to use the riding mower, see if there is a dealer nearby that would kindly send over someone to show you how to use it safely.

    Sending over a high-five for the accomplishments, pallie!

  14. You have a big yard for a push mower! I'm proud of you for sticking with it and getting it done though. I hope someone is able to show you how to use it. I used to mow with a John Deer tractor when I was a kid in Kansas so I have no doubt you can do it. By you saying that Wade kept wanting you to learn it reminded me that we've had J's Prius for 11 months and I still don't know how to drive it. Guess I better learn since it is always parked in the driveway behind the other two cars that I do know how to drive that are parked in the garage!

  15. Mom never changed her beneficiary on her life insurance plan so you are listed as the beneficiary. If you want the paperwork I need your address. My email is the same as it always has been.

  16. Good therapies of all kinds. You sure made that simple picture look nice.


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